Ecumenical Theological Seminary Theological Seminary Presents 9th ANNUAL SPIRIT AWARDS BANQUET   Seven community leaders to be being honored at 2015 event


The Ecumenical Theological Seminary (ETS) will host its 9th Annual Spirit Awards Banquet on May 13, 2015 at the Shriners Silver Garden Event Center in Southfield.  A special reception for honorees, sponsors and ETS 2015 graduates will begin at 5:30 PM, and the awards presentations and dinner will start at 6:30PM.  The annual event honors individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a strong personal and moral commitment to contribute to the world around them.

At the ceremony, seven community members will accept awards. Honors included:

Spirit of Peace Award, Rev. Dr. Daniel Buttry, Global Consultant for Peace and Justice International Ministries, American Baptist Churches-USA

Spirit of ETS Student Award, Rev. Genetta Y. Hatcher, Campus Pastor, Third New Hope Baptist Church

Spirit of Unity Award, InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit

Spirit of ETS Alumni Award, Rev. Dr. Lottie Jones-Hood, Senior Minister Emerita, First Congregational Church of Detroit

Legacy of Leadership Award, Posthumously awarded to Rev. Dr. Joseph R. Jordan, Former Pastor of Corinthian Baptist Church

David W. Swink Award, Mr. Harry Kurtz, Triune Specialty Trailers

The annual event will be attended by friends and supporters of Ecumenical Theological Seminary and features a special reception for awardees, sponsors and graduates followed by dinner and the awards presentation.

“The Spirit Awards are an annual opportunity for Ecumenical Theological Seminary to recognize those organizations and individuals whose work and ministry are sympathetic to our strong commitment to social justice and the uplifting of Detroit and its vicinity.  The Spirit Awards recognize both those just getting started and a lifetime of achievement, both sacred and secular backgrounds, those who have done great good one on one and in the leadership of international causes.  The success story of Detroit is in its people who strive toward justice, communities of faith and conscience which endeavor toward the common good, the artists and philanthropists who give of their talent and ability to create a more beautiful and compassionate world.  Ecumenical Theological Seminary seeks to honor those who honor all of us who love this great metropolis with their industry and hope for a better tomorrow, “said The Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray, President of ETS.

The Ecumenical Theological Seminary was established in 1980 to respond to the need for theological education in the Detroit metropolitan area. ETS has been recognized by its colleagues in theological education as uniquely equipped to prepare individuals to meet the challenges of ministry in urban centers.

ETS is the only accredited Protestant seminary in the City of Detroit. We are accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, offering Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry degrees.  Additionally, potential students can apply to our Certificate in Theological Studies, Urban Ministry Diploma Program and Continuing Education courses.

Tickets for “The 9th Annual Spirit Awards Banquet” are priced at $75, proceeds will benefit ETS and its many activities. Tickets are available online For more information, call 313. 831-5200 and speak to Ms. Pamela Johnson, at extension 209.